Sterile / Sensei Ichi-Go

Sterile, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen
Sterile, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen
Sterile, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen
Sterile, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen
Sensei Icho-Go, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen
Sensei Icho-Go, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen
Sensei Icho-Go, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen
Sensei Icho-Go, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen

A two part commission by Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen


Sterile
Albino goldfish engineered to hatch without reproductive organs. They were not conceived as animals but made as objects, unable to partake in the biological cycle. An edition of 45 goldfish was produced for the artists by Professor Yamaha Etsuro in his laboratory in Hokkaido, Japan, following an intricate collaboration process which began in 2011.

Commissioned by Arts Catalyst and Schering Stiftung. With thanks to Professor Yamaha Etsuro, Kimura Sizuo, Kyoko Tachibana, Dr Rachel Rodman, Michiko Nitta, Charles Duffy, Arron Smith, Oliver Coles, Leon Eckert, Hannah Fasching.

Sensei Ichi-Go
A machine capable of producing sterile goldfish in an automated reenactment of Yamaha-Sensei’s movements and actions. Physically articulating this fabrication process, its mechanisation allows for the standardisation of both sequence and animal. A contraption with its own (dormant) choreography, the machine is an assembly line, a printer, a puppet master, a potential.

Commissioned by Arts Catalyst and Schering Stiftung. With thanks to Professor Yamaha Etsuro, Kimura Sizuo, Kyoko Tachibana, Ben Ditzen, Frank Verkade.